Tucked away in the stunning landscapes of Kazakhstan lies a hidden gem, Ridder -  a secret snowmobiling haven waiting to be discovered. Renowned for its reliable pristine powder and breathtaking scenery, Ridder offers an unforgettable winter experience for explorers seeking to push boundaries like never before.


50º20'38.87" N 83º30'46.33" E


January - February

Powder Paradise

True explorers know that, to find the best snow, you have to travel further than most dare to go–this time, far east, into the snowiest part of Kazakhstan’s Altai Mountains. Here, in the small mining town of Ridder, snowmobile lovers will find the ultimate winter wonderland escape.

Featuring a varied landscape with breathtaking views all around, there’s no wonder that this mountain range’s name comes from the old Turkic name for gold–this location truly is the gold standard for snow lovers. With its stable climate and temperatures ranging from -5° to -25°C, Ridder guarantees regular snow falls and some of the most exquisite powder in the world.

Kazakhstan’s best kept secret

Unlike other destinations, Ridder offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of popular snowmobile destinations. Its remote location and untouched landscapes provide a serene backdrop for snowmobiling adventures, allowing riders to experience total freedom and privacy.

The terrain is also a treat: boasting vast expanses of forests, clearings, and natural slopes, Ridder truly has it all. Deep layers of snow make the terrain an exhilarating playground for beginners and experienced riders alike. From gentle inclines perfect for beginners to steeper, challenging trails that will thrill seasoned riders, this unique snowmobile destination promises to get your heart going.

Due to its geographic positioning, Svalbard experiences periods of complete darkness during winter and prolonged light in summer. From April to mid-August, the sun stays up, coloring the vast landscape in reddish-yellow tones. The midnight sun bathes everything in a golden glow that makes the landscape even more dramatic and makes it possible to explore at night.

The weather is also mild, compared to other places at similar altitudes in Russia or Canada. Temperatures range from 4 to 10°C in summer, all the way down to −13°C in the peak of winter.

The Warmest Welcome

Our state-of-the-art snowmobiles are the ideal way to witness nature in its purest expression. On land, you might spot rare wildlife like polar bears, reindeers, arctic foxes, and a wide range of seabirds. Coming down from the mountains, you might see whales, dolphins, seals, and walruses that roam the ocean, making their sightings worth the journey.

To balance things off, you’ll get to cozy up in luxurious hotels and cabins after our rides. Delicious local food abounds in Svalbard with local delicacies like reindeer jerky, smoked whale, or the local gamebird ptarmigan–impossible to find outside the island. And for a special dining experience, a stop at the famous restaurant Huset puts an extravagant spin on traditional food.

After an exhilarating day of exploring Ridder's pristine powder and rich terrain, there's no better way to relax than with a session in a traditional Kazakh sauna. Whether you're unwinding solo or sharing stories with fellow riders, let yourself be pampered by the sauna master’s gentle whisking ritual using fresh birch branches or treat yourself to a massage.

For those seeking even more excitement, Ridder is also home to a variety of winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and cat-skiing. And when you're ready to slow down after a day of adventure, you can indulge in the delicious local cuisine at your hotel with warming meals prepared in Kazakh tradition.

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